MCC, KCFD and KCPS to partner on emergency medical technician program for high school students

MCC paramedic student Kaleef Gant will graduate from the program in December. Winning a Kansas City Fire Department paramedic scholarship was a huge relief and allows him to focus on his education, Gant says. Here he's interviewed by Terra Hall of "41 Action News."
MCC paramedic student Kaleef Gant will graduate from the program in December. Winning a Kansas City Fire Department paramedic scholarship was a huge relief and allows him to focus on his education, Gant says. Here he’s interviewed by Terra Hall of “41 Action News.”

Metropolitan Community College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education program will partner with Kansas City Public Schools and the Kansas City Fire Department to provide emergency medical technician training for KCPS high school seniors.

Starting in August, MCC will provide education at Kansas City’s Manual Career and Technical Center, 1215 E. Truman Road. College employees will oversee the curriculum and instruction.

Chad Wright, coordinator of MCC’s EMS program, said the high school students will not be earning college credit, but they can earn EMT certificates.

“That will certify them to enter the workforce as an EMT,” Wright said. “If they choose to further their education, the students will have the opportunity to access MCC’s paramedic program at a faster pace. ”

Dustin Frans, 18, will graduate from MCC's paramedic program in about a year and a half.
Dustin Frans, 18, will graduate from MCC’s paramedic program in about a year and a half.

The Kansas City Fire Department will work with the school district to select students for the EMT program. KCFD plans to hire 10 students who have successfully completed the program as apprentices, with salaries up to $20,000 a year.

“This partnership allows students to receive a strong foundation if they want to enter any emergency response careers,” said Deputy Chief James Garrett. “The apprenticeship program is exciting because we will have the opportunity to engage skilled students and jump-start their careers.”

The fire department is also working to ensure that its employees mirror the diversity found in our community.

All students who complete the EMT program at Manual Tech will have the opportunity to enter MCC’s paramedic program as well as apply for scholarships already provided by the Kansas City Fire Department.

“We have had a great partnership with both KCPS and the KCFD,” Wright said. “This new venture further demonstrates the importance of working together to provide education and support our community at the same time. I am thrilled that we can give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for emergency response careers.”

To learn more about MCC’s EMT and paramedic programs, click here. For more details about the KCFD scholarship, click this link.